Fears King’s Lynn incinerator site could be sold to “multi-national”

The site at Saddlebow where an incinerator was proposed. Picture: Ian Burt.

The site at Saddlebow where an incinerator was proposed. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

There are fears the intended site of the failed King's Lynn incinerator could be sold with permission to be used for a waste disposal plant.

Incinerator protest in The Walks, King's Lynn.

Incinerator protest in The Walks, King's Lynn. - Credit: IAN BURT

Cory Wheelabrator withdrew its plans to build a burner at the Willows, near the A47 in in Saddlebow, in 2015.

It followed five years of angry protest and cost Norfolk County Council £33m in compensation.

Alexandra Kemp, county councillor for South Lynn, has been campaigning for the site to be taken out of the council's waste plans.

Now she fears it could be sold on with permission in place for another waste plant.

Miss Kemp believes the site should stay with the county council or sold to the borough council in order to maintain local control and prevent unpopular usage.

She said instead talks were in progress to sell the site, near Palm Paper and the King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre, to a 'multi-national company'.

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'The county must retain the Willows site and develop it for a good economic use, such as small business units that the borough is crying out for,' she said.

'The county council would expose itself to profound ridicule if it were ever to run such as risk, when a previous administration lost the taxpayer £33m over the past incinerator saga.'

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham, who fought against Cory Wheelbrator's incinerator plan, said: 'After spending nearly four years of my life campaigning tirelessly on an all party basis to stop the wretched incinerator, the last thing I want to see is the Willows site once again being considered for an unpopular and inappropriate usage.

'It definitely needs to be taken out of the waste plan, and preferably sold to the borough council. This would then mean that it could be earmarked for light industrial purposes.'

A county council spokesman said they could not confirm whether talks with a multi-national were taking place.

But they said the council had a legal duty to obtain 'best value' from any sale of land or property it owns.

They added: 'Norfolk County Council has created a new property and business committee to deal with issues relating to the land it owns. As such, any decision about the future use of the Willows site will be made by members.'

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